The North American Passive House Network Announces Annual Conference Program


- NEW YORK (PRWEB) MAY 27, 2020 -

The North American Passive House Network (NAPHN) is proud to showcase building industry leaders from around the world at Passive House 2020: Choose Your Future (, a program running every Wednesday, 1 — 4 PM EST, from June 24 through July 29. Specifically, the program will highlight actionable peer-to-peer information sharing that addresses our climate and ecological crisis and pursues the goals of mitigating emerging risks. This includes: calculating energy efficiency in high-density buildings; understanding the carbon footprint for which a building is responsible before operations even begin; and describing the necessary steps to accomplish large-scale building retrofits.

NAPHN has long focused on the importance of knowledge sharing among building architects, engineers, and consultants to enable the transformation of our American building industry. This year, in addition to those mainstay efforts, NAPHN is going further, to feature peer-to-peer knowledge sharing between building developers and owners.

Three Owners Roundtable Sessions, running June 24, July 8, and July 22, will provide conversations, in this time of fast growing regulatory, health, economic, and environmental uncertainty, that explore owners’ priorities, strategies, and results, working with the Passive House standard. These three sessions will provide a wide range of insights into developer and owner thinking and actions. The subjects of the sessions are as follows:

  • June 24: Getting to Yes
  • July 8: Making Passive House Good Business
  • July 22: Occupancy, Measurement & Management

“To better mitigate growing risks, it’s imperative that building developers and owners tell their stories,” says Beth Eckenrode, a co-founder of the Pittsburgh-based AUROS Group. Eckenrode will be the moderator of the Owners Roundtable Sessions. “By relating their experiences, developers and owners not only inform the professional community they employ but importantly, share with their peers, other building developers, and owners, providing validation and making new peer networks of knowledge resources.”

The opening plenary keynote speaker will be Dan Heath, an innovative business thought leader and New York Times best-selling author of Made to Stick, Switch, and Upstream, who focuses on the mechanisms of systems transformation. The plenary will then feature a discussion on the opportunities for building market transformation in this time of climate and health crises that includes Heath; Wolfgang Feist, Founder of the Passive House Institute (PHI); Janet Joseph, Senior Vice President for Strategy and Market Development at the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA); and NAPHN President Bronwyn Barry.

The session on July 15 will be dedicated entirely to exploring topics related to COVID-19. This includes issues such as virus transmission, the inherent benefits of the Passive House standard in addressing the threat, and further strategies to mitigate the newly appreciated risks.

Overall, the program is not only built to support the efforts of everyone in the building industry—from students to professionals, from sustainability directors to building managers—but will provide greater access to expertise and empower each attendee to be an active participant in knowledge sharing and production because it’s structured as a co-created event. Co-Creation is the production of insights and meaning in conversation. Participant conversations drive processing power and make information more accessible, actionable, and valuable.

“In moving to an online format, we discovered a whole new dynamic in knowledge exchange and production, that puts audience members on the stage too.” remarked Bronwyn Barry, NAPHN President. “As we learn more about the potential of co-creation, we’re excited to experience it, and think attendees will be too.”

Co-creation is possible because the PH2020 program is released from the bounds of live, in-person sequential time. The program is prerecorded and the conversations happen simultaneously with the session broadcast, in the chat. Now, during every moment of every session, attendees can ask questions, discuss, and probe, with the speakers and each other, while getting further explanations and links to resources and other relevant information. It’s like intellectual crowdsourcing.

The program is spaced over six weeks for comfort and it’s co-created for high-performance information processing. With your participation, we will make new and powerful pathways forward. Register here.


North American Passive House Network
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